Sony 50

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
A few thoughts on and images from the Sony SEL50 on my blog.

Sony has taken a lot of - in my view often unjustified- criticism over the NEX lens line up. I think the company deserves some credit for coming up with this lens. It would be simple to produce another 50 1.8, no-one would expect anything different. By putting the OSS in it they have done what long established players have failed to do: provided a fast, short(ish) stabilised lens.

Combine f1.8 with OSS and the NEX3/5 performance at ISO3200/6400 and there aren't many static subjects you can't shoot.

Now to see what the promised standard lens will offer - 35 f1.8 seems obvious. It would be fantastic if they stuck OSS in that too.
 

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
Picked it up in Munich. 50's and NEX 7's in every camera store there so I finally got a chance to play with a 7 as well. Very nice.
 

Armanius

Bring Jack back!
Jan 11, 2011
Houston, Texas
Jack
NEX7's are finally widely available in the US. Now the Zeiss 24 is non-existent. And there were barely any 50/1.8 in the US to begin with. So weird how the supply chain works.
 

Julien

Top Veteran
Jan 6, 2012
Paris, France
Julien
I'm curious about what kind of subject one may shoot with a 50mm prime that would make stabilization useful? I'm not trolling here, it's a true question.
 

flash

Veteran
May 6, 2011
Gordon
Well it's a 35mm equivalent of a 75mm lens. So I would think that IS will go a long way in natural light portraits and anytime I've had too much coffee, which is pretty much all the time.

If you mean a 50mm equiv then the same as the above plus any one who shoots street in low light.

Gordon
 

Julien

Top Veteran
Jan 6, 2012
Paris, France
Julien
That was a stupid question I guess. :biggrin: I have to say I rarely ever shoot portraits in really low light, and also the X100 high iso has spoiled me so that I rarely think of the potential usefulness of stabilization on fast lenses, but you guys make a good point. That makes me think I should try some low light portraits in the near future for a change.
 

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
Julien, I would use it in urban environments in low light- cityscapes, architectural shots etc. It's also useful in interiors -museums, churches when you don't have or aren't allowed flash or tripods.
 

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